Helping high achievers overcome their anxiety and depression is very rewarding for me. All my patients in this category have been exceptional people who found their way to wellness. Once they recover and become themselves again, it’s easy to understand how they achieved the successes they have achieved in their lives. Whether they have an unusual ability to interpret facts and to connect the dots when most people can make neither head nor tail of that information, or they have an uncanny ability to come up with solutions when most people have given up, or they have an extraordinary capacity to never give up facing rejections and setbacks, they are remarkably talented and creative people in their own fields of interest. Work and career for high achievers is even more important than for other people, the source of great satisfaction and pride, the skeleton on which their entire identity is built. This is why, when unable to perform at their usual high level at work, they feel their entire lives fall apart.
If you are a person in this category or know someone close like this, be aware of these issues. No one is immune to developing an anxiety and/or depression problem. Take corrective measures as early as you detect the signs. An early intervention leads to a faster recovery. Anxiety and depression are not character flaws. They are reactions to life is challenges or to internal struggle. They can be treated and resolved. When you have exhausted all the coping skills you usually have, and still feel anxious and depressed, do not hesitate to ask for help. It’s just like asking for a guide when you get lost in a new city. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
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I took all these pictures at Lotus Land, Santa Barbara, a very romantic property who belonged to Ganna Walska.